G3, G4, G5...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ero87, May 2, 2006.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    Hey all, pretty simple question.

    I've been a mac-convert for about 1 year now, but I still don't know what the G's meant in the powerpc macs. What's the difference between a G4 and a G5? just kinda curious.
     
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    G5's are just faster. It's like... Pentium C compared to Pentium D.

    That's a wrong comparison, but it's similar in that it's just a step up.
     
  3. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Its the name of the Chip on the consumer level i believe.

    Just like a Pentium 3 to a Pentium 4
     
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    G4 = G3 except it had altivec which helped a lot IF that program knew how to use it. G5 is the red headed stepchild that Jobs put up for adoption as soon as it was born.:D
     
  5. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I'm guessing the "G" related to the introduction of the "Gossamer" motherboard, but that's just a shot in the dark.

    Difference between a G4 and a G5? = G1 ;)
     
  6. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I was under the impression that the "G" basically meant "Generation"
     
  7. arcobb macrumors regular

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    Yep... Generation... Had nothing to consumer vs. professional. When the G3's first came out they where smoken fast... compaired to the intel's (or atleast that's what apple led you to believe). But they where in all the top of the line powermacs.
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    As said before, G is for Generation. The G2's were mainly 603e and 604 PPC chips, although the 7xxx series had 601's. The G1's where the first PPC's and were mainly the 601 processors.

    I'm glad they ditched the name, I was getting bored with it all.
     
  9. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I'm not bored of G3-4-5, it makes me sound cool on these forums whenever I say "I have a G5, I rock".
     
  10. disconap macrumors 68000

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    It is short for "Guttenbergs". You see, Macs are rated in units that are equal to 5X the decline of Steve Guttenberg's career. So the G5 moves about 25X faster than the time between Cocoon and Polica Academy 3.
     
  11. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    The G5's are not just faster. It was a completely new chip, pretty much from the ground up. Yes, it used similar technologies from the G3 and G4 as it is still a PowerPC processor, but it is so much more than just "faster."

    That analogy is more appropriate when talking about the G3 to G4. The addition of altivec made the G4 faster, but only when the software was optimized for the Altivec engine, aka the Velocity engine.
     
  12. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    D'oh! :eek:
     
  13. Josias macrumors 68000

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    G4 sounds cooler than G3, and they supported higher clockspeeds. G4 is up to Dual 1.8 GHz/Single 2.0 GHz, while G3 is up to Single 1.1 GHz.:D
     
  14. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    It didn't just sound cooler. There was a big difference between the 750 Series (G3) and the 7400 series (G4). Most importantly, a vector processing unit.
     
  15. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    I was wonderring the same thing...i thing it is generation. Also, why was there never a G1 or G2?
     
  16. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    it didn't sound as good...
     
  17. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    ouch. someone just got served.
     
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